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The Dead Live at DCU Center on 2009-04-19




Disc 1 - Set 1
01 tunning
02 Here Comes Sunshine
03 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
04 Alligator
05 Deal
06 Hell In A Bucket
07 Cream Puff War >
08 Good Lovin'

Disc 2 - Set 2
01 intro
02 Scarlet Begonias >
03 Fire On The Mountain >
04 Drumz/space >

Disc 3 - Set 2 Cont.
01 Satisfaction>
02 Born Cross-Eyed >
03 Slipknot >
04 Let It Grow >
05 Uncle John's Band >
06 The Wheel >
07 Turn On Your Lovelight
08 crowd
09 Donor Rap / Intros
Encore
10 Samson & Delilah


Collection TheDead
Band/Artist The Dead
Date April 19, 2009
Venue DCU Center
Location Worcester, MA

Source AKG c480b/ck69 Short Guns(PAS,OTS) > V3 Digital > MTII(24/96)
Lineage Wave > Soundforge 9.0(Fade,Track,Resample,Dither 16/44.1) > Flac 16
Taped by Ted Gakidis
Transferred by Ted Gakidis


Notes

Thanks to Myco for the mule & clamp space!

Reviews

Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - April 19, 2014
Subject: --
A lot of bass in this AUD. First set here is rather vacant and listless - just listen to how awkwardly they go at "Here Comes Sunshine" - a lot of the set feels like that, just kind of limp...

...but the second set is furious. They clearly took their vitamins at halftime. Anyone know what's up with that jam Mickey takes the band through pre-drums and post-Fire? It sounds like something a little too organized to be consider a one-off improv. I really like they hit the drumz early on into the set!

And, yeah, they really do turn the beast loose for the rest of the night. This second set is 2 hours long and it's as good as I've heard The Dead play. They prove they still can conjur the magic. Slipknot!

As far as star ratings go, I like to approach it as "all things being equal". Some of us were lucky enough to tour with the Grateful Dead, others came around late in the game, and some haven't been born yet. All we're going to have at the end of the day are recordings like this. As far as I'm concerned rating a show based on overall performance + quality is a fair assessment. I don't like talking too much about my own personal touring experiences and rating shows based on the strength of the windowpane at the time, etc. It just doesn't seem fair to those who only have these recordings. To each his own.
Reviewer: BataviaSparky - - August 19, 2010
Subject: perspec tive - seen from another
So I've backed off, given this band and the amazing resource that is the 'Live Music Archive' a year and 4 months to age, 'ripen', as it were.
First off, the 5-star rating system seems to be somewhat misleading, to put it mildly. It is so subjective, folks rate their experience of being there, or the recording, and, occasionally, the music itself. So it seems to be,more or less, of little, if any, use.

Let's talk about the perspective. While this tour was happening and we were blessed with these amazing recordings often the day after the show, we were, IMO, hyper-critical. We wanted the best show to be the one we were fortunate to attend, or something like that. If it wasn't that, we were gushing because we were just so happy to be able to experience a show again! I know I was, as I saw the cinco de Mayo show in Chicago, and I thought it was great, Haynes was great, Bobby and Phil were stupendous, Jeff made me forget Brent and miss him at the same time. The song selection was perfect, and overall I couldn't have been happier.
Now with perspective we can listen again and be at our critical best.
One way to look at this show is to compare. Compared to Phil n friends with Jackie in '08, I gotta call it a dead heat. Both were equally satisfying to me. Compared to Furthur, well, I feel like the current lineup comes in third place against these two. I just really hear a freshness in these The Dead concerts that seems to be lacking with Furthur. Furthur is technically much closer to the Grateful Dead in terms of overall sound, but to me, the spark, the soul, is MIA more often than not.
As for this here recording of this 4/19/09 show, today is my first listen to it and I gotta tell ya', I really like it! It rocks hard in places and is pure psychadelia in others. The first set Cream Puff War is simply sublime. Hell in a Bucket is real good, but IMO not as good as the raunchy, bluesy version from 5/5. Scarlet is strong, the best part being the outro jam, it's super trippy, and as they go into Fire, half the band (including Phil) is still playing Scarlet for a solid minute. The result it a face melter of a segue. Fire RIPS. No more to say there. I truly dig the electronica drums sequences, and space could be a buzzkill to some, as its kinda flaccid. The transition onto Satisfaction saves it, though. Satisfaction, while obviously a crowd pleaser, is not real gripping on tape. That being said, by no means is it a clunker. Some real nice fret work by Mr. Haynes.
The segue features some noodly noodling, and isn't a true segue, it drops into Born Cross-Eyed, an enthusiastic 2 1/2 minuts that surprises us by going into Slipknot! Now, this little ditty can go places, and this one does, with mind-bending jamming that defines what I personally love about this music. Ecstacy. Bliss. So nice. Let it Grow was simply ripped every time this band played it.
The rest of this show ranks up with the all timers. (Sorry to all the old torch-bearers, its how I see it). All of the guys are better musicians than they were 10,20,30 years ago. so there are fewer messed notes, lyrics, etc.
By that I mean the level of satisfaction from listening to this tape. I'm sure there are 100's of superior GD shows, but in real time, with what we have to enjoy, I put it neck-in-neck with any show from the 80's and 90's and half of the others. One star to stress the absurdity of the five-star system!
Reviewer: rollawaythedew! - - August 18, 2010
Subject: keep comin' back
I don't get to nearly as many shows these days as I did the days before... but I flew from California to catch these 2 DCU shows with my friend Scott... This, the 2nd nite gig, keeps me coming back again and again to listen. One of the best post 95 Dead-esque shows I've seen or heard.... The 2nd set just seemed to go on and on, with great surprises, songs and jam... I love Weir's "NOW WAIT A MINUTE!" break in Lovelight..classic...
enjoy the ride.... ed
Reviewer: ronmarley1 - - April 23, 2009
Subject: Thanks
Thanks for posting this show.
Reviewer: lovehaight - - April 23, 2009
Subject: razeeday
dude you must not have any shows after 1981..the best one, out of '500' give me a fucking break..you sound like a kid who just saw his first show...
Reviewer: wtp024 - - April 23, 2009
Subject: just keeps getting better
i'm sorry.. i was a critic on the first show... but each show is getting better and better. this show is smokin' and warren is really falling into place!!!!
Reviewer: like i told ya - - April 23, 2009
Subject: disk division incorrect
disk 2 should include satisfaction, otherwise it cuts off 6 seconds of Samson. Thanks for the awesome recording of an awesome show!

Living the dream...
Reviewer: orionprim - - April 23, 2009
Subject: Grateful.
Thanks to Ted and all the tapers who have allowed me to vicariously enjoy this tour. I can't wait for the Gorge and Rothberry, but these recordings help!

Peace and Love
Reviewer: jamjax - - April 23, 2009
Subject: More Warren for sure.
I'm really digging his singing and how he changed his overall stlyle to fit this band.
I also believe that he should get a lions share of jerry's songs. (and they have been fairly good with grantin that) Bob shouldn't sing all the best ones.
Bob's voice is a little rough sometimes but he's working hard. I like his vocal on Cream Puff War. Very cool.
No body sung better than Jerry but i think Warren sings better than Brent and Brent was awesome!
More Warren.
Reviewer: outsideNinside - - April 23, 2009
Subject: great show
hate to hear all the bashing on bobs voice the mans old but it still sounds similar to back in the day. and to everyone who is saying its to exspensive..i went to 3 shows each one i payed nothing more than 50 bucks...worth every penny
Reviewer: rayzeeday - - April 22, 2009
Subject: Quit the bashing and take time to enjoy the show
The past couple of outings I went critical and marginally enjoyed the shows. This being my 500th show (thats right I count even post GD toward the experience) Quite simply this was the best show I had heard since 1981.............period! Instead of it being the dead with Warren and Jeff they were the dead Period! If some of you would have looked up during the night you might have noticed Candice's Stealy with a Pheonix bird rising up and quite simply this was my experience of the night. For me and countless others the boys are soaring. I started my trip at the age of thirteen in 74 and this was the first show in a hell of a long time to bring back those feelings for me. I am also proud to say I called the Scarlett>Fire and also the Alligator and Cream-Puff war on the way down from Bangor. Peace and Love to all and tanks for the recordings.
Reviewer: FriendofaTaper - - April 22, 2009
Subject: Don't forget to thank the taper!
I can see where most of you are coming from giving the show a so-so review based on your expectations set by the real Grateful Dead. News Flash - Jerry Died in 1995 and he ain't coming back. Bobby is getting older and forgetting the words and these guys don't nearly have the telepathic connection the the Grateful Dead had. That being said, take it for what it's worth or stop going to shows and make the tickets available for others.

PS: Bash the show all you want, but at least thank the taper for there time and efforts. The Live Music Archive was created by tapers to share with YOU!!! Archive etiquette 101 you dopes!

That said, 5 Stars on a stellar recording!!!
Reviewer: MSG81 - - April 22, 2009
Subject: hear here
Good to get some affirmation on my Bob bashing. They guy just has to give up the vocals. His attempts to make up for a shot voice with ridiculous vocal drifts and, of all things, falsetto is just embarrassing. Not to mention no front work learning the lyrics. More Warren more often. Especially on Jerry vocals. Good call guys.
Reviewer: The Trout Whisperer - - April 22, 2009
Subject: More Warren
It is amazing to me that I can sit and listen to the 'Core Four' on this show (after attending the Albany and Worcester dates) and wish for more WARREN of all people.

I agree with other comments that Warren should SURELY be providing the vocals on ALL Jerry parts. The guy is amazing, but it seemed like Bobby was running the show all weekend.

And while I surel love the Dead- they are far better when Warren is singing. Each show seemed to hit it's highest point ad the crowd went NUTS during Warren's screaming blues solos. The crowd loved him and I wish the band would recognize that fact as well.

Someone has to reign in Bobby's leash a little.

Good shows, no doubt... But no one pays 100 bucks to go hear Ratdog with a better bassist- which is what many portions of these shows seemed to be.
Reviewer: blombekr - - April 22, 2009
Subject: Eh
Decent overall, but too much empty space. Is Warren even playing when he's not soloing? Sure, Phil is great, but theres gotta be a little more density here.

With Scarlet Begonias they took one of the most joyously-recognizable song intros in their catalogue and they turned it into a mush of a jam with Bobby even coming in on vocals on the wrong beat. They plodded through Deal, Bob vocals sounded awful on Sunshine, and even Hell in a Bucket sounded powerless.

Moral of the story is Warren should be singing practically all of the Jerry vocals Bob is currently singing, Warren should play more, and they shouldn't fuck with these songs' arrangements like they have been all tour. Still though, it's tighter than '03 and '04.
Reviewer: baytapes - - April 22, 2009
Subject: Thanks Ted.
Ted, thank-you for taping this show and uploading here to the Archive. I had a blast at this show and your recording sounds wonderful. It's so nice of you to share it with the community.
Reviewer: wheelerc - - April 21, 2009
Subject: Amazing...
Great pull Ted! What an awesome night! Great show...great chemistry...energy...Wonderful being able to relive it in that AKG shine without all the chatter.
Reviewer: sueinphilly - - April 21, 2009
Subject: Are they serious
Cream Puff War??

King Soloman's Marbles a few nights ago.

THANK YOU. OMG I can't believe this is still happening. what a blessing to have this music.

If mankind can manage to not implode, I guarantee you that this band will go down in history as the sound of the PLANET!
Reviewer: agratefulheadbiscuitphisher - - April 21, 2009
Subject: yeah they stole my face!
ive always herd these crazy stories about the dead and impotance of the tribal drums in a jam band! ive taped out at my fair share of phil and bob shows but nothing clould of prepared me for this. when i closed my eyes all i cloud see was the energy the music was making. the image was something that might look like some alex grey work (the grid veiw). at first i thought im losing it but sure enough every time i closed my eyes i would ROLL AWAY WITH THE MUSIC. so as i leave the dcu i close my eyes and was nothing! so i start telling my friends about this and i swear they start desribing the same things i was seeing, and then stargers start picking up on the conversation. its weird so many people could describe this weirdness, and had seen it to. in short there is no other jam band. this band needs to keep it going spread the word of love and life. all in all good show the recordings ok i felt like it was realy a slow show, there was no driving force. high points fire, space drums, satisfaction, i was pumped to hear school girl. its funny if you listen to phils donner rap some one yells fuck you phil? (fuck that guy) go see this band the production is amazing!
Reviewer: MikesGroover - - April 21, 2009
Subject: A band coming together
The first set through Bucket is clean and well played, but nothing extraordinary other than the fact that there's 3 Pigpen tunes.. Only towards the end of Bucket does the band really seem to be clicking.

Cream Puff War is a cool song selection-one of the great things about "The Dead" is their willingness to dig deep into the rarities from the early repertoire in a way that the latter-era Grateful Dead didn't. I'd give the first set a B grade.

Scarlet>Fire is woven together nicely, with all the instruments finding a nice groove, though no incredible peaks. Drumz seems to come awfully early in this set.

Slipknot emerges surprisingly out of nowhere from Born Cross Eyed and thanks to Phil's driving bass lines out front in the mix is a psychedelic monster. The Let it Grow that follows is equally strong and the jam out of Uncle John's is well-developed. The Wheel into is very pretty and Livelight finally shows that this band can play uptempo if they want to.

Overall, I'd give this show a B+/A-. The band demonstrates how well they can play together, but for a lot of the show the tempo never shifts. Born Cross Eyed through Wheel is worth the download.
Reviewer: bchawks2011 - - April 21, 2009
Subject: unbelievable
this show completely blew my mind away. enough said.
Reviewer: anarchy747 - - April 21, 2009
Subject: THE DEAD...have risen...let us rejoice and be merry!
This show is WORLDS better than the previous few from this spring '09 tour.
That's not to knock the shows leading up to 4/19, but this performance is real strong/tight/cohesive, psychedelic and all-together BADASS.

SET I:
The show starts off mellow and groovy with:
(a typical/nice) Here Comes Sunshine,
(a bluesy/swanky) Schoolgirl,
(an always-fun-to-hear) Alligator,
(a standard/funky) Deal.
(beginning to up the tempo w/)Hell in a Bucket,
(a subtle, yet blazing-hot) Cream Puff War >
(a funky-fresh) Good Lovin'.

SET II:
Set 2 starts off mellow and groovy as well, then, as the show moves on -- some really exciting and weird, musical-exploration and psychedelic insanity ensues:
(mellow-ish and very pretty) Scarlet > Fire, into
(a VERY cool) Drumz/space (MICKEY and JEFF!!) >
(an all-together satisfying) Satisfaction >
--here's where the show REALLY takes off--
(a simply badass)Born Cross-Eyed >
Slipknot(Slip breakdown jam drops into) >
(WRS) Let It Grow section >
(a GORGEOUS, beautifully harmonized) UJB >
(a spinning) The Wheel (that won't slow down) >
(a delightfully raucous)Lovelight.

OH! and Donor Rap(!)
(POSSIBLY THE BEST EVER?) ;)
j/k...
sorry Phil.

ENCORE:
(a pretty standard/fun) Samson & Delilah
but, certainly a great way to end that monster of a set II.

NOTE: Bobby's vox are particularly strong on CPW, and you can hear that the band and the fans are pumped up to hear this Dead rarity and lovin' the sounds therein.
CPW > Good Lovin' was a really FINE way to end a perfectly FINE first set.

NOTE: Warren Haynes really adds a nice element to this lineup, both with his Brent Mydland-esque vox and his soulful guitar prowess...it's nice to hear him finding his place within the groove(s) of the core four, and to hear him stepping up to lead the jams and direction of the tunes, more and more as of late.

NOTE: J. Chimenti is such a worthy addition on keys/organ/synth/piano duty.
Kudos to Jeff!

FINAL NOTE: The Dead are getting better and better and BETTER with each performance...don't miss out or snooze on '09 -- there ain't no tellin' how much longer they'll be on the road.

Here's hopin' they'll be on the road for (as) many more years (as possible) to come!
Reviewer: redsteal your face - - April 21, 2009
Subject: WOW!
I started to worry after hearing the Saturday show: Bobby sounded tired and almost disinterested.

As stated above, they really pulled it out for this show. A very unified bluesy vibe from the group in this one: not as contrived as I'm sensing some of the nights before have been.

Best recording and music so far this Spring - helloooo Chimenti
Reviewer: bmcd67 - - April 21, 2009
Subject: Best show I've heard so far
This is best recording and performance on tour to date. Jeff and Warren are settling in. Expect to hear some great stuff in next few weeks.

THANKS TO ALL THE TAPERS FOR SHARING!! You Rock, I cannot make it to shows this year but love to hear this!!
Reviewer: ratdog1995 - - April 21, 2009
Subject: off the hook
GREAT show. Was there on Sat. That was a great show w/ Terrapin being the highlight (my opinion). But this show was unbeleivable. Great recording. Great show. Wish I didn't sell my tix. for Sun. If I knew that they were gonna play like they did I wouldn't have gotten rid of them. Overall the best show so far, this tour. Let's hope for a fall tour. Since Ratdog and ABB are touring this summer. We can only hope for a fall or winter tour. Best Dead post-Jerry
Reviewer: Bostnfn - - April 21, 2009
Subject: Sick
I was there as well, and the show was outstanding. They were absolutely relentless. It was just awesome.


And to note, Cream Puff War was last performed 6/8/67
Reviewer: mid-maine - - April 21, 2009
Subject: OFF THE HOOK
ok, having been there, i'm very biased for this review. however, i have not been this surprised by a show in a long, long time; perhaps since hartford '01 ratdog / phil and friends (the q).

i'm not even going to go for the blow by blow except to say that these guys had the sound dialed, the jamming full of prankster-like surprise element, unpredictable song selection, masterful musicianship.

just listen to the cheers after lovelight to get a sense of how moved everyone was by the end. we were moved to the point of temporary speechlessness in our sector. "beam me up, scottie."

the last time i was in the centrum was for the '87 greatful dead run. this time, i was thinking to myself, this is grateful dead 2.0; get it, you'll be glad you did. (oh yeah, if you can, SEE THIS BAND).
Reviewer: GratefulFood - - April 21, 2009
Subject: Great
Thanks Ted! The Sunday night Worcester show was terrific, and so is your recording!
Reviewer: Loser_Boy - - April 21, 2009
Subject: Let It Grow
love this version of Let It Grow
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